Anime characters running with a loaf in their mouth


Have you ever seen an anime character running with toast or bread in their mouths? Do you know how this meme came about? What was the first anime where this happened? In this article we will investigate the origin of the famous bread in the mouth! Shit! I'm late for school.

A regular anime episode opening consists of a character who is late for school. He runs out of the house running with a slice of toast in his mouth, while trying to put on his jacket and bumping into people (usually senpai) and getting his clothes dirty with jam.

That cliche is quite popular in anime romantic comedy, to break the perfect character pattern, giving an idea of clumsy. In Japan as in many countries there is a stigma of eating in public.

Anime characters running with a loaf in their mouth

How did this cliché of toast in your mouth come about?

The first work where this scene appeared was a Shoujo from the 70s, soon this scene became quite popular in all genres, until it became too cliché to the point that currently they use this scene only for comic relief or mocking.

Some claim that it all started in a manga called Tsuraize! Boku Chan written by Takahashi Ryouko from 1975. Except that at that time bread was not even popular in Japan, someone claimed that he looked for mango in the Kyoto museum and did not find bread in his mouth.

Another person claims that it appeared in a manga written by Miyoko Motomura about Patty's first love from 1968. In this scene she does not literally run with toast but with a bread roll in her mouth.

Some believe that this cliché arose from 1950s American soap operas where that same scene took place.

The name of the first anime is also unknown, some say it is the A-ko Project 1986, others say it is the first episode of Mobile Suit Gundam where Amuro Ray chews on a sandwich.

Anime characters running with a loaf in their mouth

The origin of a meme: Shit! I'm late for school

Because of this famous toast cliché in the mouth, some Japanese and other internet zoos started recording and taking pictures of scenes and exaggerated races while carrying objects in their mouths.

It all started in 2011 where a topic in an anime forum was created under the name of Fuck Yeah Animu Toast and in order to share fan-art of anime characters with toast in their mouths running to school.

During this period, photos of people carrying objects in their mouths began to appear on the famous website Tumblr. Soon it spread in a way that became the famous meme Shit! I'm late for school.

Anime characters running with a loaf in their mouth

Anime where characters run with toast in their mouths

The list of anime where characters run with bread in their mouths is something extensive, let's try to list some below:

  • Seitokai Yakuindomo;
  • Cardcaptor Sakura;
  • Pokemon;
  • Evangelion;
  • Hajiotsu; Shoujo Mangaka;
  • Black Butler; Code Geass;
  • Nisekoi; Maid-Sama;

Finally, let's leave some images, see if you recognize:

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